Proposed sale of Common Good land at South Common, Selkirk to Scottish Water

Closed 25 Nov 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018

Feedback Updated 29 Jan 2019

We Asked

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 the local authority is required to consult with the local community when it is planning to dispose of common good property. The proposed sale of common good land at South Common Farm, Selkirk is to accommodate a new Clear Water Tank. We asked you for your comments on this disposal.

You Said

I would like to understand how the sale of this land is in the interest of the people of Selkirk. What benefits are to be gained by the sale? Rather than a sale is a long-term rental possible, thereby giving a steady income to the community each year?

We Did

The sale of land will allow the stability of drinking water supplies within the Selkirk Catchment. Whilst a lease was considered by all parties over the expected life of the Water Tank (approx. 100 years) the preferred option was a sale as this allows Selkirk Common Good to realise a capital sum now.  Receiving a capital sum provides flexibility for Selkirk Common Good to look at different options for the sum received. One option could be to invest the capital sum and receive income over the long term which could be equivalent to a rental income. By disposing of the asset, it is possible to include terms which provide the option for the land to be purchased back from the purchaser at the end of its life.

Overview

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 the local authority is required to consult with the local community when it is planning to dispose of common good property.

The proposed sale of common good land at South Common Farm, Selkirk is to accommodate a new Clear Water Tank. This forms part of a series of works required within the catchment area, including Selkirk, to provide the necessary increase to the drinking water capacity and increase efficiency within Scottish Water assets.

A link to the location plan is available at the bottom of this page.

What Happens Next

We will analyse all the comments that we receive within 8 weeks of receiving them. Final responses will then be published online alongside the original representation(s).

Areas

  • Eildon - Selkirk

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Community councils
  • Community group

Interests

  • Common Good